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by jeff.stevens
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Crescent Moon and Venus this morning
Replies: 1
Views: 17

Re: Crescent Moon and Venus this morning

A beautiful sight, Brian. I saw them visually in brighter skies (you had an early start there!). Lovely image.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: Mars - The Unaided Eye View
Replies: 1
Views: 35

Mars - The Unaided Eye View

I went for an evening walk alongside our local canal on Friday evening, which offered a lovely low view of the horizon over towards the east. Mars had already risen, and was climbing higher in the night sky. It looked so spectacular, and presented as a deep orange point of light. I had forgotten how...
by jeff.stevens
Fri Oct 02, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: The romance that was Mars ..
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: The romance that was Mars ..

I love the 1951 version of “The Day The Earth Stood Still”. Like all good films, at its heart is a truly fascinating and thought provoking story. If I recall correctly, it was based on a short story called “Farewell To The Master”. I seem to recall reading the short story, but not finding it quite a...
by jeff.stevens
Fri Oct 02, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Mars 01 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch
Replies: 5
Views: 302

Re: Mars 01 Oct 2020 Eyepiece Sketch

This is very detailed, and drawn with great skill. I do love seeing sketches made at the eyepiece. I look and see so much more detail on the few occasions when I attempt this. It’s a fabulous way of sharing your observing session.

Thanks for taking the time to post this, Bob.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

Thanks Mike, I’ll take a look.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

michael feist wrote: Mon Sep 28, 2020 12:03 pm Jeff, did you find BAA article "Astronomy and the Camera Obscura'? That is in harvard.edu/abs page.mike.
Just found the article, Mike.

http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/2000JBAA..110...25F

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:07 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

Mike, that’s very kind of you to offer to photocopy it. I’m more than happy to cover the costs too. I’ll drop you a private message on here with my address and details.

I’ll have another look for the BAA article.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

That’s really interesting, Mike. Thanks for the info. Is your guide to the camera obscura available to buy? I’d be interested in reading more.

I’ve found articles on the Internet relating to you and your camera obscura knowledge, but I don’t think they are the full guide.

Best wishes, Jeff.
by jeff.stevens
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

Thanks Jeff for the concise Mobbereley biography of George, and showing those magnificent binoculars. He must have had a photographic memory, combined with the patience of Job. His memory must have been incredible. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be that talented an observer. I think the bo...
by jeff.stevens
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

michael feist wrote: Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:31 am For more information about 'Astronomy and the Camera Obscura' by Mike Feist, yes me, refer to J.B.A.A 110, 1, 2000. This was also available on the Internet. I do have a copy if you are interested. maf.
I’ll see if I can find this on the Internet, Mike. Thanks for the info.
by jeff.stevens
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

Mike, ahhh, of course, I’d forgotten the camera obscura projects onto a flat screen. I recall now the scene from the 1946 film “A Matter Of Life And Death”, which shows Roger Livesey’s character demonstrating a camera obscura to Kim Hunter’s character. I’m not sure where the closest one to me is, th...
by jeff.stevens
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

Brian, I believe it was. I have a copy of the book “Under An English Heaven”, which is a fascinating read. It has been a while since I last read it. However, Martin Mobberley makes reference to those indoor observations in the following article... http://martinmobberley.co.uk/Alcock.html Best wishes...
by jeff.stevens
Sat Sep 26, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

It’s very interesting reading these posts about indoor observing. David, I’ve never looked through a camera obscura - I hope I get to see the view through one at some stage in the future. Reading these posts reminded me that my most memorable set of observations so far this year were of NEOWISE, vie...
by jeff.stevens
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Observing
Topic: observing from bed
Replies: 33
Views: 871

Re: observing from bed

I’ve always thought the more comfortable you can make the observing experience, the better the observations are likely to be. I’m probably dreaming this, as my mind does run away with itself, but I have recollection of an observer (may have been a Sky & Telescope article) who lived in a city apartme...
by jeff.stevens
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:32 pm
Forum: General chat
Topic: It ain't necessarily so ...
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: It ain't necessarily so ...

This took me back a bit, and reminded me of a thread from a long time ago: https://popastro.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=4665&sid=d8ce1f7071d0129e2a47c83e631a0cdc#p4665 I haven’t observed M57 for a long time, so thanks for triggering my interest, Brian. I might dust off my 25x100. Best wishes, Jeff.